Last weekend I went home to Green Bay to run one of the largest 10K races in the United States. It is crazy that my home town of Green Bay, Wisconsin is host to a 10 top race in the U.S. There were over 18,000 people registered for this years 2012 race. Crazy!
After abnormally hot temperatures canceled the Green Bay Cellcom Marathon a few weeks before, the entire town was talking about the hot temperatures that were predicted for the Bellin race.
It was the 36th anniversary of the Bellin and it showed. The race was extremely well organized and there were plenty of volunteers, water stations and sprinkles to accommodate for the warm weather.
The temperatures were in the 80s and the sun was out. The sun always makes it feel like it is hotter than it actually is. I went into the race with a mind set that I wanted to beat my last year’s time of 48 minutes. This year, I just wasn’t feeling it. I started out feeling strong with a solid pace but then the heat just got to be and I wasn’t mentally all there. I did stop for water once around mile 4. At that point I knew I wasn’t going to PR so I decided to run smart and slowed down.
You can definitely see from my running chart from my Nike Plus watch that I slowed down at the end. That is not typical of me. Usually I speed up at the end and finished faster than I started.
The Bellin run has one of the best fan bases. There are so many people cheering you on and lined up and down streets watching everyone run by. Music is blasting, there are tons of motivating signs, the energy is really great. The racing route goes around my parents house so they were able to see me at mile 1 and around mile 5. I saw a lot of friends on the side lines cheering. It’s such a fun race to run. It always is…race or shine…hot or cold.
I finished the race at 48:55. It was pretty tough at the end. I literally thought I was going to throw up and then…the girl in front of me did. Yikes! I had to make a quick left to get away from that.
- Sports Bra- Pink Soft Champion Brand from Target
- Tank- Black Under Armor Tank Top- Best find at the Under Armor Outlet!
- Shorts- Lululemon Run: Tracker Short II
- Socks- Champion High Back Socks. They never slipped down. I hate it when they do that!
- Shoes- Asic Gel Nimbus
Another awesome thing about the race is that the local flower shop, Schroeder’s Flowers donates two flowers to every runner who brings in their bib number. You can see my two plants in the top right corner. Thanks Schroeder’s!
Signing off on another race!